There are books and podcasts galore in Christian circles dealing with the concept of “deconstructing” faith. It describes the process by which people look with clarity at the faith they were raised in, the doctrines they were taught, the meaning of scripture and other facets of their religious upbringing and challenge them. Sometimes there is a specific incident that causes a person to begin to see God in a different way, more loving, more compassionate, more grace-filled, less judgmental, less angry, less mean. Sometimes it is the ways in which Christians themselves behave that causes a person to question faith, churches, and organized religion.
And I believe it is vital to deconstruct what is harmful, but not to leave it in the pieces. We need to reconstruct a faith that gives a foundation sturdy enough to support the following of Jesus as we see to love God and love neighbor in this world.
REconstruction is the name of the 5-week series we are starting in worship on January 14. While we will take time to acknowledge the need to deconstruct, we want to move forward to the more important work of reconstruction. I want to invite you to be part of this series, both in worship and by joining a small discussion group. We are meant to live and grow in a community, and this is an opportunity for you to explore your own questions and learn from others. It is also a great opportunity to invite people you know who are not a part of this church or maybe any religion at all to do the same, with you. The groups begin Sunday evening, January 14. The leadership is excellent. You will be blessed. I'm sure of it.
You can signup online right here!
See you Sunday,